With the convenience of a small shopping centre across the road and the beachfront cafés over the hill, the backyard of their corner block in Cottesloe had long been earmarked as a downsizing opportunity by this baby-boomer couple. The small site has a wide north-facing frontage and architect Paul Burnham responded to their brief with a unique design for a coastal home with a 60’s vibe.
The minimalist exterior features the long, elegant lines of white rendered balconies, an off-form concrete carport and vertical ironbark cladding. Extensive use of full-height sliding doors allows the winter sun to fill the home with light, as well as, providing the connection with the street and the beach atmosphere the owners enjoy. Efficient climate control was also a priority and was achieved with its passive solar design, cross-ventilation, underfloor heating and double-glazing throughout. The interior features large-format limestone floor tiles, recycled Oregon bench tops and a striking bespoke gas fire and canopy. The owners’ extensive art collection dominates the crisp white walls and casual, comfortable furniture completes the stylish, but laidback ambiance.
The owners say, “Having your new home being built in your backyard gives you the opportunity to be involved on a day to day basis. Working with Steve and his professional team was an absolute pleasure.”